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5a. Local Resources
Austin Chamber of Commerce
"The Austin Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,400+ business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Its mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for its members."
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Austin Community College Center for Community-Based & Nonprofit Organizations
"This organization assists community-based and nonprofit organizations to be more effective by helping strengthen their staff, volunteer, and organizational capacity."
Greenlights for Nonprofit Success
"Greenlights for Nonprofit Success strengthens Central Texas nonprofits through consulting, education, networking, and resources." The Resource Library provides online documents on planning and starting a new nonprofit, board development, fundraising, etc
Austin-Area Chambers of Commerce
"A listing of local chambers of commerce. All numbers are in the Austin '512' area code." Included are: Greater Austin, Austin Gay and Lesbian, Briarcliff Village, Capital City African American, Cedar Park, Greater Pflugerville, Hispanic of Austin/Travis
5b. State Resources
Texas Economic Development Council
Events, news, legislative issues, educational opportunities, and membership, with information on staff and employment.
— State Business Services —
There is some overlap among the various state offices offering assistance and information to business, small businesses and entrepreneur. Briefly, these are:
Texas Secretary of State Business Services
Helpful information for your convenience in learning how to start a business in Texas.
Texas Wide Open for Business
"This site will walk you through each of [the four primary] steps [to starting a business], giving you the tools, information, and confidence you need to begin offering your products and services to citizens and organizations within the state."
Texas Secretary of State
Provides links to business organizations and forms and a business opportunity search.